For Immediate Release

September 11, 2010 – CALEDON – More than 140 acres of prime ecological land has been protected thanks to Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and its partners, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Region of Peel and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC).

The newly-acquired property was officially introduced to the public today as the expanded Upper Credit Conservation Area. It represents a keystone piece of the natural corridor that traces the banks of the Credit River all the way from Lake Ontario through the Headwaters. Located in the Town of Caledon, the property contains a number of significant natural features, including wetland and meadow landscapes, which provide habitat for important populations of fish, birds and plants.

“This conservation area is a significant provincial wetland and a critical piece of the natural corridor making it a top candidate for protection,” said Linda Jeffrey, Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources. “This represents an important step toward ensuring the natural systems and species that make this province a great place to live are protected for the future.”

Properties for acquisition are identified through CVC’s Greenlands Securement Strategy, a science-based approach to prioritizing lands for securement.

Funding was provided by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources’ Greenlands Challenge Fund, Peel Region’s Greenlands Securement Reserve, as well as a contribution generously provided by Ducks Unlimited Canada using funds sourced from Environment Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program.

“I can’t overstate the importance of having committed partners at the table in a process like this,” said Rae Horst, CVC’s Chief Administrative Officer. “We are very grateful to the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Region of Peel and Ducks Unlimited for making this a success.”

“Protecting our natural heritage through land securement and conservation is leaving a legacy for future generations,” said Caledon and Peel Regional Councillor Richard Paterak, Chair of the Planning Committee for Peel Region’s Greenlands Securement Reserve. “We’re doing more than protecting green spaces, we’re contributing to quality of life now and in the future.”

“The long-term conservation of provincially significant wetland complexes and important natural areas such as the Orangeville Wetlands remains a top priority for Ducks Unlimited Canada and the North American Waterfowl Management Plan’s Eastern Habitat Joint Venture,” stated Jim Brennan, Manager of Provincial Operations for DUC. “The acquisition of the Upper Credit property is not only a habitat conservation success story but an excellent example of public and private partners working together.”

Quick facts:

  • Size of property: 142 acres / 57.5 hectares
  • Property located on the northwest corner of Hwy 10 and the 109 bypass, Town of Caledon (near Orangeville)
  • The property was acquired from a Europe-based securities firm
  • The property is a significant acquisition as part of CVC’s efforts to preserve a natural heritage corridor following the Credit River Valley
  • Property is part of Ontario’s Greenbelt
  • The wetland located on this property contributes significantly to water quality otherwise impacted by runoff from the nearby urban area
  • This clean water helps support a coldwater brook trout habitat further downstream
  • Property is used as a breeding habitat by Monarch butterflies, and is important for waterfowl breeding and migration.

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Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for over 50 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed for present and future generations.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Larissa Fenn,

Supervisor, Corporate Communications

Credit Valley Conservation

905-670-1615

[email protected]

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